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Comic Riffs: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

The Riff: Where the Wilder Comics Grow...

The language of television ever changes. Radio chatter has grown more liberal in recent decades. But the dialogue standards in a family newspaper's funnies remain, for the most part, stuck in 1952. Which stymies some comic-strippers who want to sound...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Morning Line: Rhymes With "Riffy"

RHYMES WITH ORANGE: Old gags? A consonant problem in comics. (KFS)Enlarge Comic "Rhymes With Orange" so rankles us today, we're compelled to begin this week's awards with our honor that rhymes-with-Riffy: the lowly Miffy. Most days, "Rhymes" delivers at least...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Interview: "Watchmen's" Dave Gibbons

Whenever some backward-thinking cultural dinosaur questions the literary merit of graphic novels, the comic fan's most effective rebuttal can be a simple act: The "Watchmen" franchise heats up. (Dave Gibbons / DC Comics)Enlarge Comic Just hand the pitiable cretin a...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Morning Line: Mark Trail, Split-Second Crackpot

"Mark Trail," you bedevil us like no other! Send out a search party for this lost balloon. (NAS) Enlarge Comic From gargantuan woodland creatures that are sometimes awkwardly foregrounded, to seeming "unintended double-entendres," the strip can both enchant and vex....

By Michael Cavna  |  November 20, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Plaudits Still Pour In for "Spider-Man's" Stan Lee

In Comic Riffs yesterday, Marvel Comic's Reg Hudlin ("Black Panther") offered his thoughts on "Spider-Man" co-creator STAN LEE's receiving the national Medal of Honor at the White House on Monday. Today, the testimonials continue to pour in to 'Riffs. Here's...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: When Sounds Have Just the Right Effect

In his new "10-pound" coffee-table book "Dilbert 2.0," cartoonist Scott Adams says he prides himself on a particular comic gift: His knack for coining the right word to match the desired sound effect. As one who has wrestled mightily with...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Political Cartoon: These Five Candidates Await Your Vote.

Nothing is quite as tantalizing to many cartoonists as a visual-heavy news story that lacks audio. Such a story just begs for sharp-witted satirists to fill in the blanks. As President-elect Obama visited the White House last week, viewers got...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 18, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Morning Line: When Evil Lurks Right Under Their Noses...

Our favorite character in today's funnies is not confined to any one strip, but rather makes conspicuous appearances in at least four features. Who is this cameo-happy fella, you ask? Why, this character -- to put a name to a...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 18, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: Steve Greenberg: Life as a Pink-Slipped Political Cartoonist

In this time of unremitting layoffs and buyouts of newspaper cartoonists, multi-talented artist STEVE GREENBERG still figured his position at the Ventura (Calif.) County Star was one of the safest in the nation. After all, Greenberg -- as a one-man...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: Newsprint? (Sigh.) We Remember Newsprint

Ah, looky here in today's "Mark Trail" -- that conniving feller in the third panel is luxuriating over an old-fashioned newsprint-type newspaper. Tarnation, what will this retro strip think of next? Ah, reading an old-fashioned newspaper... good times. (NAS) Enlarge...

By Michael Cavna  |  November 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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